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Laid Off from Work? Increase Your Chances of Finding a New Job

Were you laid off from your job? Whether the layoff occurred two weeks ago or two months ago, you may want to jump right back in. Unemployment benefits are nice, but they likely rarely come close to the paycheck you were bringing home before. Unfortunately, the job outlook isn’t good. All across the country, companies are cutting expenses. Many of the companies who aren’t laying off workers have imposed freezes on hiring. Finding a new job may seem like an impossible task. However, there is work out there. You just need to know how to find it.


Use the internet to look for a new job. If you are 25 years old, you likely use the internet on a daily basis. However, if you are 50 years old, you may be lucky if you touch a computer twice a week. Internet use varies depending on age, computer access, and the time available to surf the web. When looking for a new job, your first thought may be to look in your local newspaper classified section. Do this, but also turn to the internet. There are many job search websites, like Monster.com. Companies also have employment sections, where open positions are listed on their websites, and much more. In the past, you may have only used the internet to communicate with friends, but now use it to find a job.


Post your resume online. As previously stated, there are many job search websites online. These websites, like Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com, have a large database of searchable and browseable jobs. Not only that, but they also allow you to create a free resume and post it online. You must take this step. Right now, there are millions of Americans looking for a job. A construction company posting a job listing online is likely to get thousands of applications, many from unskilled and unqualified candidates. Many of these companies save themselves time and forego posting a job listing. Instead, they rely on resume databases to find qualified candidates themselves. If your resume isn’t posted online right now, get it up today!


Talk about your job layoff. Lets face it, getting laid off from your job likely wasn’t your fault. It was due to the poor economy; however, it is still slightly embarrassing. At a party or bar, do you really want to say “I am laid off,” when asked what you do for a living? Most likely, no. With that said, it can work to your advantage. Are you a construction worker who was recently laid off? You never know who you may meet at a party. There many be someone in the process of building their own home who needs skilled workers, a small business owner looking to expand, and so forth. Talking about your laid off status to strangers may seem embarrassing, but it may also open new doors for you. Of course, you don’t want to tell your life story. When asked what you do for a living say “I normally work as a construction worker, but was recently the victim of companywide layoffs.”


Take an entry-level job. Right about now you may be thinking that entry-level jobs pay less. Yes, they do. Think long-term. When it comes to promotions, many companies like to promote from within. This is your opportunity. If your unemployment will soon run out, you need a job. Don’t discount low paying positions or even part-time work. The key is to not just show up for work and collect your paycheck each week. You want to give it your all. Arrive early to work, make good use of your time, and volunteer to work extra hours or take on new projects. Showcase your skills and show your new employer that you are a valuable asset to the company. You may find your part-time position going to full-time or you may find yourself working up the company ladder in no time at all.

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